Meanwhile, Shi Hwei-yow (許惠祐), the secretary-general who ordered Wu be placed under surveillance, said that in accordance with the act, surveillance targeting any residents within the borders of the Republic of China must first be approved by the legislature.
It could not be done by the bureau alone, Shi said, adding that while he was not clear on the details of the case, he was certain it was because counterintelligence units felt the measure was necessary. The bureau followed due legal procedure, Shi said.
The bureau yesterday said that surveillance had been authorized by the Taiwan High Prosecutor’s Office and that the authorization did not come during the Ma administration.
The whole surveillance incident followed legal procedures including the notification of the surveyed person, the bureau said.
The bureau said that as Wu’s litigation against it is now entering a judicial process, the bureau would respect any decision made by the courts.
Additional reporting by Tzou Jiing-wen